North West Comedy Awards 2019 winners

Thursday 7th February 2019, 11:34am

Paul Smith.

John Thomson and Sarah Millican are amongst the winners of the North West Comedy Awards 2019.

Liverpool's Hot Water Comedy Club and the venue's resident MC, Paul Smith, were the big winners this year, taking home the prizes in four of the categories. Smith notably brought his solo show Hiya Mate to the Echo Arena in November.

The results, based on a public vote, were announced last night at a ceremony at The Frog And Bucket comedy club in Manchester.

Speaking to British Comedy Guide, organiser Adam Rushton said: "The North West Scene is the strongest on the circuit at the moment, we have the biggest club on the circuit, the best promoter on the circuit and I would say the best pool of talent on the circuit. You only have to look at what happened with Paul Smith this year to see how strong the North West scene is."

The full results are:

Legend Award

John Thomson

Best Act

Dan Nightingale

Other nominees: Alex Boardman, Steve Harris and Adam Rowe.

Best Compere

Paul Smith.

Paul Smith

Other nominees: Lou Conran, Danny McLoughlin and Freddy Quinne.

Breakthrough Act

Callum Oakley

Other nominees: Jamie Hutchinson, Josh Jones and Simon Lomas.

Alternative Act

The Delightful Sausage. Image shows from L to R: Chris Cantrill, Amy Gledhill.

Delightful Sausage

Other nominees: Keith Carter as Stacy Silcox, Dickie Minge and Scarlett Sohandsome.

Best Solo Show

Paul Smith - Hiya Mate

Other nominees: Gary Delaney - Gagster Paradise, Tez Ilyas - Teztify and Kiri Pritchard-McLean - Victim Complex.

TV Comedian Of The Year

Sarah Millican: Outsider. Sarah Millican.

Sarah Millican

Other nominees: Gary Delaney, Tez Ilyas and Kiri Pritchard-McLean.

Best Comedy Club

Hot Water Comedy Club

Other nominees: The Comedy Store, Laughterhouse and The Frog & Bucket.

Best Small Comedy Club

Group Therapy.

Group Therapy

Other nominees: Off The Rails (Saddleworth), Bare Faced Comedy (Burscough) and XS Malarkey.

Best Promoter

Rob Riley.

Rob Riley

Other nominees: Peter Vincent (Manford's Comedy Club), Bobby Murdock and Bren & Val Riley.

Best Open Mic

The Comedy Store.

New Stuff at The Comedy Store

Other nominees: Shhaark, The Comedy Balloon and The Albion in Warrington.

Best Podcast

All Killa No Filla. Image shows from L to R: Rachel Fairburn, Kiri Pritchard-McLean.

All Killa No Filla

Other nominees: Don't Tell Anyone But, Mondeo Law.

Social Media Award

Hot Water Comedy Club.

Paul Smith and Hot Water Comedy Club

Other nominees: Danny Sutcliffe, Stephen Tries and Chris Washington.

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